The 36 State Governors of Nigeria under the aegis of the Nigerian Governors’ Forum, have scheduled a meeting on Wednesday to consider burning national issues, particularly the ongoing nationwide demand for police reform and the hike in electricity tariff, now temporarily suspended by the federal government of Nigeria.
The demand by a large number of Nigerians, especially the youth generation, for police reform took the shape of open street protests tagged, “EndSARS”, which began last week and gradually grew from state to state. The protesters also used the opportunity to press against what many believed as oppressive, the increase in electricity tariff.
Spokesman of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Abdulrazaque Bello-Barkindo said, in a statement on Tuesday, that the governors would entertain briefings from “the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar Adamu who is expected to explain the security situation in the country to the governors, particularly regarding the FSARS protests.”
Bello-Barkindo said the meeting is also expecting to be briefed by the technical committee on electricity tariffs.
According to him: “The Ministers of Works and Housing, Communications and Digital Economy and Humanitarian Services and Disaster Management will also be on hand to address the Governors one after the other.
“The Humanitarian Resources and Disaster Management Minister, Saadatu Umar Farouq will be discussing how to lift a hundred million Nigerians out of Poverty with the governors.”
He said the meeting would also receive a briefing on the distribution of palliatives by the Coalition Against COVID-19 (CACOVID) a conglomeration of banks and some public-spirited philanthropists including Aliko Dangote, Basic Healthcare Provision Fund (BHCPF). The meeting, he added, would also receive an update on the World Bank assisted States Fiscal Transparency, Accountability and Sustainability program for results (SFTAS) and from “the Governor Okowa Committee which briefs the Governors regularly on the activities of the Presidential Task Force (PTF) on the COVID19 pandemic.